Khushi Bali, New Delhi
Tiranga, the National flag of India was adopted on 22 July 1947. It is called the Tiranga because it consists of three colours: Saffron, White and Green; with the Ashoka Chakra at its centre. There are various protocols related to the National Flag. Read the do’s and don’ts below.
1. The flag must be respected above all.
2. The standard size of the flag should be kept in mind.
3. The National flag must occupy the position of honour and be distinctly placed (whenever flown).
4. If the National Flag is flying on a building, it shall be flown on that building on all days, including Sundays and other holidays.
5. Keep in mind that The National flag shall always be hoisted briskly and lowered slowly.
6. When using the National flag on occasions like the unveiling of a statue, it should be distinctly and separately.
7. While carrying National flag in a parade, it shall be either on the marching right, that is the flag’s own right, or if there is a line of other flags, in front of the centre of the line.
8. While displaying a National Flag on a motor car, it shall be flown from a staff. That staff must be affixed firmly to the car in the middle front of the bonnet.
1. Never display a damaged or dishevelled National flag.
2. Any other flag shall not be placed higher than or above or side by side with the National flag.
3. It should not be fastened in any manner as it may damage it.
4. The flag must not touch the ground or trail in the water.
5. While delivering a speech, never use the National flag to cover your podium.
6. It should not be misused in any sort of manner.
7. The National flag should not be used as a bunting or in any other manner for decoration.
8. the flag must not be dipped in salute to any person.
The 26 January Incident
On 26 Jan 2021, the protestors went to the Red Fort where the PM of India had to host the National flag. The protestors hosted a flag which represents Sikhism. Many people misunderstood their action and intention. Various videos of this incident were shared on the internet. The sharing of these videos resulted in debates on social media. Many netizens described this action as wrong whereas some are defending the protestors.